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Poem by William Cowper


A Comparison


The lapse of time and rivers is the same,
Both speed their journey with a restless stream;
The silent pace, with which they steal away,
No wealth can bribe, no prayers persuade to stay;
Alike irrevocable both when past,
And a wide ocean swallows both at last.
Though each resemble each in every part,
A difference strikes at length the musing heart;
Streams never flow in vain; where streams abound,
How laughs the land with various plenty crownТd!
But time, that should enrich the nobler mind,
Neglected, leaves a dreary waste behind. 



William Cowper


William Cowper's other poems:
  1. To The Rev. Mr. Newton
  2. The Dog and the Water Lily
  3. The New Convert
  4. Afflictions Sanctified by the Word
  5. Heroism


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

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